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1984 Lotus Etna Concept

Depending on how you define the word, the Etna could have become the first British mid-engined ‘supercar’. A one-off concept designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and was powered by a 4.0-litre V8.

In a bold step to demonstrate its commitment to becoming a major automotive engineering consultancy, Lotus invested £500,000 and opened two of the most sophisticated computer-controlled engine test cells in Europe. The Hethel factory reached another milestone – 30,000 cars had been produced at the Norfolk factory since 1966.

The V8-powered Etna concept car, designed by Giugiaro, was shown at the British International Motor Show in Birmingham. The engine was Lotus’ own design, a 4.0-litre V8 developing 320bhp. Projected performance for the Etna was 0-60 mph in 4.3secs, with a top speed of 180mph.

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Specs & Performance

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released at 1984 Birmingham Motor Show
body stylist Giorgetto Giugiaro
coachbuilder Italdesign
production 1
engine V8
position Mid Engined
displacement 4000 cc / 244.09 in³
power 253.5 kw / 340 bhp
specific output 85.0 bhp per litre
top speed ~292.84 kph / 182 mph